How can I help the Great Barrier Reef?

It’s easy to forget that there are more than a million people who depend on the reef for their livelihood.

But there are many charities working in the region who have a special role to play.

In fact, there are at least eight such charities in Australia. 

“The Great Barrier Breaks are the world’s largest coral reef system, with an estimated 500 million coral in it,” writes the ABC’s Tim Winton.

“The Great Australian Bight is home to some of the worlds largest biodiversity hotspots, and is home also to one of the most critically endangered coral species in the world.” 

The ABC is one of them.

I’ve spent much of my time researching the Great Australian Reef and I’m always keen to get in touch with people who know more about it than me. 

A good number of the people who work with the Great Bight have spent years volunteering for the local and national organisations involved in the Reef and its recovery. 

They’re not just volunteers who get up every morning to do their bit. 

Many of them have been involved in community projects in the past, but they’ve also been doing their bit in recent years to raise money for the Reef. 

In a recent interview, Beth Manners from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) described the people working in and around the Reef as “a kind of community of volunteers”. 

They are volunteers who are looking after the wellbeing of their community, she said.

“The people in that role, if they can, are a vital part of the community that are working to keep it safe for people in the area, and to ensure the Reef can continue to thrive,” she said in the interview. 

The Great Bights Great Barrier Island, Australia.

Image: Andrew Gough.

What is a volunteer? 

The word ‘volunteer’ is usually associated with people working for organisations that support or benefit a particular group of people.

But volunteerism isn’t necessarily the same thing as ‘working for a charity’. 

There are many different ways in which people who are involved in conservation work can contribute to their communities. 

For instance, a volunteer can be a part of a conservation project, helping with a rehabilitation project, or working with a community group to find new ways to manage the environment. 

Volunteers also have a range of different skills that are useful for their job, such as being able to communicate effectively with people from all over the world. 

It’s also important to remember that volunteerism can have a variety of benefits for both the organisation and the community. 

More than anything, a community that relies on the work of volunteers is a strong community, and it’s crucial that we make sure they’re able to make a difference. 

Are you an Australian or overseas volunteer?

What are the benefits of volunteering in Australia?

Volunteering for a cause can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a wide range of people who have different backgrounds and interests, and are looking to help in some way. 

As well as helping with rehabilitation projects, the vast majority of volunteers work in the public service sector, such a as a school teacher, a social worker, or an occupational therapist. 

When you’re working in a local charity, it’s important to be aware of the needs of your local community.

Volunteering can be particularly beneficial when it comes to supporting the health and wellbeing of your communities members, and if you’re a member of a community organisation, it can provide a way to build a strong bond with your community.

You’ll be more likely to see more of them in your local area, which means that you’ll be able to help with rehabilitation, education and community engagement projects that you can’t do yourself. 

Don’t forget to tell your friends about your volunteering efforts, as it’s always a good idea to keep your social media accounts up-to-date with news about the great reef. 

If you want to get involved with a charity or other community project, here are some tips: Volunteer in your community as a volunteer, whether it’s in the form of volunteering, volunteering for a local organisation, or donating time to a charity. 

Give local organisations a boost with your work and ask them to take part in a community project. 

Find out more about volunteering.

Volunteer at a local school, a nursing home or other residential care facility, or work in a non-profit or community project like an environmental education or training. 

Work with local youth and adults to make sure the Great British Bight has the support it needs to survive. 

Join the local youth organisation that’s looking after children, or give a brief interview to one or more local media outlets. 

Get involved in a youth job centre or community engagement project.

Volunteer at a church or other place of worship.

Volunteer in the community